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  • Update Checking (*)

    IPS Community Suite can periodically check for updates to your application, plugin or theme and present a message in the Admin CP if an update is available.

    When creating your application, plugin or theme you can specify a URL. IPS Community Suite will send a request to the specified URL periodically with a "version" parameter specifying the current version ID number. For example, if you specify the URL as:


    And someone is using a version of your application with the version ID "10002", then the request will be sent to:



    This URL should return with a JSON-encoded object with the following properties:

    • version specifying the human-readable version number (e.g. "2.0.0") of the latest version available
    • longversion specifying the version ID number (e.g. "20000") of the latest version available
    • released specifying the unix timestamp of the date that version was released
    • updateurl specifying the URL where the administrator can download the update

    For example, you might return something like this:

        "version": "2.0.0",
        "longversion": 20000,
        "released": 1423841958,
        "updateurl": "http://www.example.com/myapp/download"


    For a live example, the URL for checking for updates to the IPS Community Suite itself is:


    You can visit this URL to see what is returned for the IPS Community Suite.



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    Would be nice if this functionality could be auto-provided by the IPS Marketplace, but at least the PHP script to do so on your own site is a no-brainer:



      header('Content-type: application/json');

      $arr = array (
        "version" => "2.0.0",
        "longversion" => 20000,
        "released" => 1423841958,
        "updateurl" => "http://www.example.com/myapp/download"

      echo json_encode($arr);


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